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Volume 70, Issue 128, Wednesday, April 13, 2005


Guenther, former art chairman, dies at 85

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Peter Guenther, a former art history professor and longtime chairman of the UH Department of Art, died March 29. He was 85.

Guenther, his wife Andrea and his four daughters moved to the United States from Germany following World War II. He began lecturing at the Witte Museum and teaching art history at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

The bulk of his academic career, however, was spent at UH. Guenther taught art history here for 30 years, serving as head of the Art Department for 13 years during the 1960s and 1970s.

During his time here, he helped mount exhibitions of modern art at the Blaffer Gallery, introduced courses on Bauhaus and German Expressionism and brought sculptures to campus by German artist Gerhardt Marcks, including Orpheus located in the Fine Arts Building's courtyard. He was known among students for his courses on iconography and expressionism.

Guenther is survived by his wife, three daughters, two sons-in-law, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family has asked that contributions in Guenther's memory be made to the scholarship fund that bears his name and benefits graduate art history students. Checks should be made out to the UH Peter Guenther Scholarship Endowment Fund and sent to Pat Deeves at the Department of Art.

The art office is located in Room 100, Fine Arts Building, and the campus mail code is 4019.

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